Professor Morris Ratner graduated from Stanford University, BA in Economics (1988) and Harvard Law School, JD (1991).
He joined the UC Hastings Faculty in 2012, after teaching at Harvard Law School as a visiting lecturer and then as a visiting assistant professor from 2009 to 2011. Before joining the Harvard faculty, Professor Ratner was a litigator at the San Francisco-based plaintiffs’ firm Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, where he was a partner for ten years and where he prosecuted product liability, mass personal injury, consumer, and human rights actions. Among other high-profile matters, Professor Ratner prosecuted and settled Holocaust-era slave labor, looted asset, dormant bank account and unpaid insurance claims against European companies, producing global settlements in those cases worth more than $7.5 billion.
Professor Ratner’s scholarship explores ethical, procedural and organizational questions that arise in multi-party actions, including class actions and multidistrict litigations.
Expertise: Civil Procedure, Legal Ethics, Law Practice Management